Civic Center / Urban Renewal Professional Review and Guide
"This walk begins at Portland’s Pioneer Court- house Square, center of today’s downtown Portland, and easily reached on foot from most downtown hotels. This square has long been the center of the city—first, as the site of the city’s first school, and later, the elegant Portland Hotel. The square now serves as a city plaza, transportation hub, and venue for a variety of popular outdoor events.
Its backers hoped for the square to be “distinctive, dynamic, elegant, inviting, and unique to the area.” Architect Willard Martin’s design managed all of that, and the plaza is still a vibrant city center nearly thirty years after its 1984 opening."